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February 25, 2022


I very much enjoyed the informed interview on poetry and the formal music-making of Mr. Barto. I particularly relished his reading of the Greek in translation and in the original with its beautiful musicality and sound texture. I am reminded of Wislawa Szymborska's great poem about the deaths of children, "Return Baggage," in which the poet struggles to find language to match the depths of the tragedy. She concludes by saying, "Only stony Greek has words for that." I have never forgotten that poem or its stunning ending.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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